Upcoming Events 

The Paralegal Studies program will conduct a Virtual Panel Discussion on Saturday, April 22, 2023; from 9:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. via Zoom.

We will provide an overview of the Paralegal Studies program including how to plan your schedule. You will receive guidance on drafting cover letters and resumes, job interview tips, and much more!

The Panel Discussion is free of charge; however, registration is required. This event will be recorded for those who are unable to attend “in person.”

Additional details along with registration information will be posted soon!!!! Stay tuned…


Fairfax Bar Association Paralegal Section Event!!

AI is here and is being used by legal professionals, including courts, now. This is an important trend in our profession. I brought it up to the NOVA Paralegal Board meeting a couple weeks ago and will be talking about it at our Spring Virtual Seminar.

You don’t have to be a paralegal to attend.  More info & registration here:

 Paralegal Section SeminarThe Rise of AI in the Legal Profession: Lawyers Brace for Impact

Tuesday, March 28, 20231:00 PM – 2:00 PM

1.0 NPFA CLE Credit (Pending)Zoom$5 for FBA Paralegal Section Members/$20 Non-Section Members

Since the beginning of 2023, the legal world has been rocked by the generative AI ChatGPT and its brethren. How are lawyers and paralegals using it? Can AI replace lawyers and paralegals? Our speakers asked ChatGPT itself. Come and learn about the present and future impact of AI on law firms – and bring your questions!

Presented by Sharon D. Nelson, Esq., President, Sensei Enterprises, Inc. and John W. Simek, Vice President, Sensei Enterprises, Inc.




7th PANV Half-Day (Saturday) CLE

10/01/2022 8:30 AM – 1:30 PM

  • Location: Ben Glass Law, 3998 Fair Ridge Dr., Suite 250, Fairfax


Already registered

PLEASE JOIN PANV for a half day CLE on  to kick off PARALEGAL WEEK!  Our fantastic speakers are:

Joyce McMillan, Program Head of Paralegal Studies at Northern Virginia Community College.  Joyce will speak on Legal Research and Writing.

Donna Rostant, Principal at Jones and Rostant.  Donna will give us an overview of med school 101.

Joyvan Malbon-Griffen.  Joyvan is a Regional Director and Claims attorney with Minnesota Lawyers Mutual and will discuss an Overview of the Ethical Implications of Social Media.

Jennifer Fairfax, Partner at Jennifer Fairfax LLC, Jennifer specializes her practice in Adoption and Assisted Reproductive Technology.  She will be discussing the overturning of Roe v. Wade and how it may affect other laws, including LGBTQ laws.

This event will be hybrid and simultaneously available to registrants via Zoom.

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Fairfax Bar Association–Paralegal Section

Dear Paralegal Section Members,

As you know, we’re currently collecting funds for our Annual Back-to-School Supply Drive in collaboration with the Fairfax Law Foundation, for benefit of local preschool and school-aged children in need.

Our backpack stuffing meeting will take place on Tuesday, August 16, 2022 at 5:00 PM at Curran Moher Weis, 10300 Eaton Place, Suite 520, Fairfax, VA 22030. Meals and refreshments will provided by the law firm. If you’re able to attend, please RSVP to Catherine Fu at by 4:00 PM on Monday, August 15th.Donations for the drive are still being accepted now through August 12th! Your generous tax-deductible donation can be made online by clicking here; you can also donate via check by mailing your donation to the FBA office’s address, which is listed below in my signature line. For more information, please contact Tina Fewell or Julia Nelson.

FBA Paralegal Section membership is free for paralegal students. The online application is here:


Presented by Fairfax Bar Association Paralegal Section

Virtual Proofreading and Citation Seminar will be conducted on Tuesday, February 15, 2022, from 6:00–8:00 p.m.

See the attached flyer for details. FLYER paralegal-seminar2022

Please consider attending the Goals for Life Workshop Career Advancement Presentation on Monday, October 25. Details including contact information are on the attached flyer.

Registration is free for paralegal students. 

FBA Career Advancement Presentation


Paralegal Studies Virtual Symposium was conducted on Saturday, April 17, 2021.

Just in case you missed it, a recording of the event is here:

After you view the recording, please complete a short survey: 

We will use your input to make improvements to future events!

Bios from Participants

A Virtual Paralegal Symposium will be conducted via Zoom Saturday, April 17, 2021, from 10:00 a.m.—1:00 p.m.

Topics will include:

  • Resume Writing and Interviewing Techniques
  • How to be a Successful Paralegal Student
  • Skills Law Firms are Looking for
  • Quick Tips from Lawyers, Paralegals, and other professionals, plus much more!

You will be able to ask questions about duties paralegals perform, skills attorneys are looking for, the importance of membership in professional organizations, etc.

This session will be recorded.

There is no cost for this event; however, you must register.


March 18, 2021

Paralegal Section Seminar: The Future of Law Post-Pandemic: A Roller Coaster Evolution (Webinar)

Please join us for our Paralegal Section Seminar, “The Future of Law Post-Pandemic: A Roller Coaster Evolution”, on Thursday, March 18, 2021 from 1:00-2:00 PM. This webinar is FREE for Paralegal Section & Paralegal Student Members!

Sharon Nelson and John Simek have been giving CLEs on the Future of Law Practice for more than a decade. COVID-19 changed, in many ways, how lawyers practice law. This presentation will give you a data-driven look at the sea changes in law practice and a glimpse of what is likely on the horizon.

As Yogi Berra once said, “The future ain’t what it used to be.” Join us for a look at how law firms are transforming the future of law.

To register for this virtual event, please click here.

February 11, 2021

Free Paralegal Refresher Course: 

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 840 0816 5676

Passcode: 943504

Valentine’s Day Book Drive

Please join the section, in conjunction with the Fairfax Law Foundation, in celebrating our annual Valentine’s Day Project benefiting young men and women in Fairfax County residential correctional programs. Our mission is to change lives and open windows to unfamiliar worlds and innovative ideas through the gift of reading. In 2020, after receiving a tote bag containing books, a journal, and other sundries, one young man replied with a heartfelt thank you note which read “You healed my heart”.                        Your tax-deductible donation can be made online using VISA, MasterCard, or Discover. To view or print the flyer, please click here.
Donations will be collected now through Wednesday, February 10, 2021. Questions about the project may be directed to Tina Fewell or Joanne Randa.

November 10, 2020

Professor Joyce McMillan will participate as a panelist at a NOVA SySTEMic Virtual Workshop. This event will be conducted from 1:00–2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 10, 2020, and will highlight the following industries: law, public safety, corrections and security, and human resources. Panelists will share their experiences about getting their start in their respective line of work, academic preparation, challenges they face in their industry, and much more. To register or find out more information about this event visit: 

In case you missed the November 10 workshop, here is a link to the YouTube video: Link:

The American Bar Association (ABA) conducted a site visit at the Alexandria Campus on Monday and Tuesday, March 2-3, 2020. The team met with College administrators, staff, faculty and advisory committee members. The site team also met with current paralegal students and program graduates. The site visit is part of the ABA Approval Process.

Register today! Lace up your sneakers for the 2nd Annual FACETS CARES 5k to Outrun Homelessness!  Whether you walk or run, the money you raise will change the world for our neighbors experiencing homelessness, poverty and hunger.  Go to to find out more and register today and on June 23rd we’ll run, walk or stroll to outrun homelessness in Fairfax County!

More information and registration here:

Named “One of the Best Small Charities in Greater Washington” by the Catalogue for Philanthropy.

Connect with FACETS on Facebook and Twitter!
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Fairfax Bar Association (FBA) Paralegal Section Membership is FREE for students currently enrolled in and actively attending an ABA approved paralegal studies program. For more information contact

The Paralegal Section’s Support Staff Orientation Program will take place on Friday, June 7, 2019.


Saturday, April 6, 2019 from 8:30—11:30 a.m.

Alexandria Campus, Bisdorf Room 158

Registration Begins at 8:30 a.m.

We will provide an overview of the Paralegal Studies program, what to expect in class, career guidance, and much more.

Attorneys will describe the qualifications and skills they are looking for. Paralegals will explain how their education and work experience helped them find a job.

You will also learn about the benefits of paralegal certification and membership in professional organizations.

Refreshments will be provided.

Even if you are currently enrolled at NOVA, this is an opportunity for you to learn more about the paralegal program and the profession.

The Panel Discussion is free of charge, but because seats are limited you must RSVP no later than Monday, April 1.

Send an email to and include Panel Discussion in the subject line.

We look forward to seeing you on April 6!

Professor Joyce McMillan

Paralegal Studies Program Head



Paralegal Section Career Advancement CLE

Please join us on Thursday, April 4, 2019 from 5:30-7:30 PM for our Career Advancement CLE, “Numbers Are Your Friends”: A primer for gaining better understanding of financial issues as related to legal matters and discovery. This program will take place in the Fifth Floor Jury Assembly Room of the Fairfax County Courthouse, and has been approved for 2.0 NFPA CLE credits.

This program will be presented by Stan CoreyBefore retiring, Stan Corey was a Certified Financial Planner™ Professional (CFP®), Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC), and Certified Private Wealth Advisor (CPWA). His career in the financial services industry spans almost 40 years. Stan is a sought-after expert who regularly provides financial commentary at national conferences, in print and online publications, and on TV. He has appeared in USA Today, Working Women magazine, MONEY, Good Housekeeping, and Northern Virginia magazine. He is the author of The Divorce Dance, was past President of NVMS, and co-wrote and taught Economic Issues in Divorce, a course for mediation certification.

The cost to attend is $5 for Paralegal Section Members & Paralegal Students, and $10 for Non-Members. To register, please click here. Please pre-register if you plan to attend.

Every attendee will receive a copy of The Divorce Dance!